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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-03-24 17:44
Subject: [conventions|personal] Match it for Pratchett Update
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As announced before the con, Norwescon, the Northwest Science Fiction Society, lasirenadolce and myself worked with matchitforpratchett.org to do matching fund raising at Norwescon 31. This was in coordination with Pat Cadigan's campaign to match Terry Pratchett's US$1MM donaton to Alzheimer's research.

In the ten days since that challenge, nearly $100,000 has been donated online globally in honor of Terry. Norwescon, Eastercon/Orbital and ICFA were the first conventions that were able to attempt fundraising. Eastercon reportedly raised about $4,000, ICFA raised $1,054 (thanks fjm for the info), while Norwescon members, vendors and pros donated a total of $3,403.70.

People gave what they could - whether it was $1 or $100. A few people emptied all of the change in their pocket every time the walked by the donation box. Many gave multiple times. BASFA heard that we were doing a campaign and sent money up from San Francisco. One vendor gave a percentage of all of their sales from the weekend to the cause. Another vendor gave all of her profits from Terry Pratchett books.

I believe lasirenadolce will be posting some practical tips about the experience, which may be of use to folks considering a similar effort at other conventions. Meanwhile, a few photos of the fundraising...

Photos © 2008 Adrienne Loska. Please contact for permission to reproduce.

As usual, more at the Flickr set
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Stone of stumbling and rock of offense: angelape
User: wordweaverlynn
Date: 2008-03-25 01:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sometimes the decency and generosity of human beings takes my breath away.
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Kevin Standlee: Kevin Sketch
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2008-03-25 01:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Kevin Sketch
Glad I could do my part, both by contributing myself and by transporting the BASFA donations northward.

I note that part of the groundswell for this comes from the observation that if everyone who has read and enjoyed Prachett's books were to donate just $1, it would certainly match Terry's original donation and then some. Interestingly, the drive at Norwescon raised a little bit more than $1 per member of the con, if I heard the attendance figure correctly. Well done!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-03-25 01:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Your able participation was greatly appreciated. If I'm not mistaken, you made something of it during Match Game as well.
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Grant Kruger
User: thirdworld
Date: 2008-03-25 01:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
He did indeed. Admire your courage for going and getting through it all while you were sick. Well done both of you on the amount raised. Oh, and I wore your ex-socks on Saturday, the onces I bought from the Potlatch charity auction.
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User: fastfwd
Date: 2008-03-25 10:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good going, guys!

I have posted this news on Match It For Pratchett. Take a bow!
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User: fjm
Date: 2008-03-25 11:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Eastercon total around $4,000 (for 1500 members),

ICFA total $1054 (for approx 300 members).
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-03-25 11:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ooh! Even better.

:: corrects entry ::
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Deb Geisler
User: debgeisler
Date: 2008-03-25 20:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's brilliant. Congratulations to everyone who helped!
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